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The Widow by [Saucier, Colette L.]
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PLEASE NOTE: This is a noir romantic suspense. Contains strong language and intense sexual situations appropriate for the genre.

"A gripping novel of love and betrayal keeping you on the edge of your seat!"

In this controversial noir romantic suspense, DEA agent David Alvarez invested four years in deep undercover infiltrating the multi-million dollar money laundering operation of the ruthless Sonora Drug Cartel only to have his primary target gunned down by a rival gang. Now his only hope in salvaging the operation and bringing the largest drug trafficker in the world to justice lies with the man's beautiful, young widow Catherine, whom he cannot bring himself to trust.

Drowning in wine and despair, Catherine would do anything to break free from the clutches of the cartel, but despite her desperate efforts, she can never escape the mistakes of her past that continue to haunt her.

Even though he cannot deny their mystical, mutual attraction, David must carry out his orders - from both the DEA and the Cartel - catching Catherine in a spider web of duplicity and deceit. How far will David go to bring down the cartel? If he succeeds in winning the widow's trust, would he be willing to risk her life - or his heart?

"A noir thriller as hard-boiled as anything written by Hammett or Chandler. Saucier writes with the force of a gunshot." - Jack Caldwell, author of the "Crescent City" Trilogy: Bourbon Street NightsElysian Dreams, and Ruin and Renewal

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1123 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Southern Girl Press (5 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0125OIE1A
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Headlong adventure and sizzling romance 5 September 2015
By George Sanchez - Published on
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What a whirlwind of a book. The first few chapters whisk you along so fast, you're into the danger before you know it. Then you notice how likable the romantic leads are and how anxious you are that they consummate their relationship. The cartel are sleazy enough but when Cesar shows up he is downright vile. Your sympathy really goes to Catherine for her confusion and despair and what she has to endure. The ending is satisfying except you wish the story could go on longer. Well done and great fun.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 6 August 2015
By Books Laid Bare - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
This was wasn’t what I had anticipated, and that caught me unawares. It was a thriller yes but it was a little darker than I actually had anticipated and probably more than I would have liked if I am honest.
Catherine had been a drug user in her youth and even now, her drug of choice may be her prescription medication or alcohol – really it was a wonder she wasn’t pickled the amount of liquor she digested but either way she was still chemically dependent.
And I found this juxtaposed with her now vehement opposition to the drug trade. It was hypocritical to me for her to almost glorify what she had done or perhaps I should trivialise its significance. I didn’t and don’t like fact that she was so flimsy in her stance, I got the impression that she was anti-drug trade, because she was anti cartel not the drugs themselves.
But that didn’t stop her doing her damndest to get away from a life that she hated with every fibre of her being. I liked the fact that she was spirited, that she did everything they didn’t want her to do.
Catherine was married to the cartel, or should I say had been married to a member of the cartel but at eth beginning of the story we discover that she is burying her husband Adrian, following his murder. They may have been estranged but that didn’t mean that she got to live a life free of him and his activities, the cartel were ever present but now he is no longer around, this not so merry widow is ready to finally escape the vice like grip they have on her.
But she has another hurdle to face, one that she has been unaware of. The DEA has been watching her for years, pinning their hopes on the fact that through her they may be able to stop the cartel and its activity once and for all.
But their inside man David, isn’t about to let her go just yet, he has spent too long infiltrating the Martinez family to have his prime asset, walk out the door. And anyway his motives aren’t exactly all business either, he has feelings that he has kept under lock and key for too long
So looking around for a way to not only keep her on board but to actually enlist her help, the authorities have little choice but to use her to get what they need on Cesar.
Now I have issues with David, I really though for an undercover agent I would like him more but to be honest he just didn’t pull it off for me and the situation in the study with Cesar and Catherine was the final blow, I didn’t know what to make of him or her after that.
Now up until then I was getting with the program, I was feeling the book and in a way the storyline but that one scene finished me off and in the end I was glad to turn the last page.
Take that scene out and you have a story that is decent, it works in its own way and the ending, that was completely action packed but with the study scene in, I think I had actually glossed over
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!! 6 August 2015
By Angel Hatfield - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
DEA agent David Alvarez has been deep undercover for 4 years. When the object of his case gets killed, David has no choice but to try to get close to the man’s widow Catherine. He’s avoided being around her from the beginning, ever since his feelings starting going out of control around her. Now that he’s tasked to force her to stay around the cartel, will she start to hate him?
The first thing I must say POOR Catherine!! This is definitely a crime drama that kept me at the edge of my seat. It’s predominantly from David’s POV, so we follow his double life as he gets close to the woman he’s cared about for so long, only to be shown proof that she’s way more than he thinks. However, the author seamlessly fits in enough pieces in Catherine’s POV to see she really is a complete victim who has lost her hope as David’s personality is the only thing she’d been allowed to cling to.
This is definitely one of the first time’s I’ve read such a story fully integrated into deep undercover ops with realistic situations that made me cringe. I absolutely LOVED the twists in the end as I was chewing off the ends of my nails. I absolutely recommend this story.
4.0 out of 5 stars has been in love with her since college and has been assigned to ... 6 August 2015
By Tina Carter - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about a woman who married into the cartel that has just become a widow a week earlier. The DEA has been keeping tabs on her for four years hoping that she knows anything about any activities that the Martinez family deal in. Their mole in the inside David, has been in love with her since college and has been assigned to her case for the past four years. Catherine decides to try to escape the cartel after her husband dies but is dragged back into it's fold by David in an effort to get closer to the Martinez family. The DEA decide to bring her into the fold in an effort to get closer to Cesar Martinez who is second in command to his father Ignacio, the leader of the Sonora cartel. Thus begins an adventure to bring down the cartel and maybe just maybe fall in love in the process.

I will admit this is the first time I have read a noir thriller novel. It wasn't bad. The only real complaint I have is that the author made Catherine a woman who was addicted to drugs in college and then a grown woman addicted to her prescription drugs. Plus she's also a alcoholic. Geez, I understand needing a drink to deal with the Martinez family but with every meal and in between all she was drinking was alcohol. This book is a noir thriller with a bunch of steamy deliciousness for the reader's pleasure. I recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a good noir thriller.

Since writing this review the author has added to the book.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5
4.0 out of 5 stars A noir thriller that does not shy away from the darkness 7 October 2015
By canarywriter - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Make no mistake - this book is a noir thriller that does not shy away from the darkness. It pulls no punches on the graphic nature of its subject matter, and the hero curses like a sailor. True to the noir genre, the lead characters, Catherine and David, find themselves on a never-ending roller coaster of love, lust, betrayal, and mistrust. Both of them are trapped inside the deadly world of a Mexican drug cartel; Catherine because she unknowingly married into it, and David because he has been undercover with the DEA for four years. After the murder of Catherine's husband by a rival cartel, David wants to save her from the clutches of her in-laws, but his undercover assignment forces him to continually push her back into the lion's den, to use the woman he loves as bait in order to try to snare some of the biggest drug lords in the sea.

Colette Saucier's writing is characteristically strong and her sense of humor always in evidence.

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